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VOL. 130 | NO. 130 | Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Gasol Signs Max Contract With Memphis Grizzlies

Big Spain is staying in the Bluff City.

Wonder Bread Bakery Under Contract

The former Wonder Bread bakery at 400 Monroe Ave. could soon have a new owner.

Pinch Development, Forrest Statue on Memphis City Council Agenda

With the city budget season done, Memphis City Council members turn their attention Tuesday, July 7, to development in the Pinch district, the statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest and redrawing council district lines.

Commission Approves Tax Rate, But Longer-Range Budget Issues Linger

Shelby County Commissioners approved a stable $4.37 county property tax rate Monday, July 6, on third and final reading and wrapped up other loose ends from its budget season. That included passage of $1.3 million in grant spending to be divided equally among the 13 commissioners at $100,000 each.

Cycling Ahead

Memphis bike share study aims to take concept to the finish line

Unless you've seen the ubiquitous stations in cities like Knoxville and Nashville, it's difficult to imagine how bike sharing could connect Memphis.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
79°F
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: 13 mph
Humidity: 82%

EVENTS

Twilight Tuesday, Beale Street Landing’s free outdoor movie series, will feature “Pirates of the Carribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” Tuesday, July 7, at 8:30 p.m. on the roof of Beale Street Landing, 251 Riverside Drive. Bring a blanket and enjoy a to-go order from Riverfront Bar & Grill or a nearby food truck. Visit memphisriverfront.com.

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Younger Long Considering City Court Clerk's Race

There could be a familiar name in the open race for Memphis City Court Clerk on the October ballot.

Memphis' Cost for Non-Pension Benefits Still Controversial

The amounts are roughly the same at about $1 billion, but there’s a difference between City Hall’s liability for pension and non-pension benefits, including health insurance, for city of Memphis employees.

Memphis Native, Redbirds Player Tapped for Pan Am Games

Three Memphis Redbirds are being honored for their play this season, with two pitchers making the Pacific Coast League All-Star Team and Bartlett native and former University of Memphis player Jacob Wilson being selected to play for Team USA in the 2015 Pan American Games.

Collierville Pharmacy Boasts Long List of Accreditations

Collierville-based Benevere Pharmacy is a privately owned specialty pharmacy that now boasts an uncommonly extensive set of independent accreditations most chain drug stores can’t match.

University of Memphis Hires Southeast Missouri Athletic Director

The University of Memphis has named Mark Alnutt, athletic director at Southeast Missouri State, as its new deputy director of athletics.

GOVERNMENT AGENDA

July 7 Memphis City Council Agenda

The Memphis City Council will meet Tuesday, July 7, at 3:30 p.m. in the Council chambers in City Hall, 125 N. Main St. Click on the meeting icon for an agenda.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Ikea Seeks $16 Million Permit For First Memphis Store

Future Ikea Store, On 42 Acres In Cordova, Permit Cost: $16 million -
Ikea is moving forward with its massive retail store in Cordova.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Share Your Vision in Concise, Compelling Ways

How does your nonprofit report on its work? How do you share your vision, work and impact? Do you send an email? Create an annual report? What about an annual meeting bringing together donors, leaders, clients, vendors, partners, board members, and staff? Are you up to it? Can you make the time? Our perspective: How can you not afford the time?

Tackling the Horrific Sounds of Travel

Click. Click. Claaaack! Click. Click. Bang! The first time those sounds happened I thought it must’ve come from the hallway. But a minute later and more of the clicking.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee Lawmaker Calls for Maker of New State Logo to Give Refund

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A state lawmaker is calling for a refund of all but $10,000 of the $46,000 paid for development of a new Tennessee state logo, saying the company that developed it was "substantially over-compensated."

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Dollar Tree Completes $8.5 Billion Purchase of Family Dollar

NEW YORK (AP) – Dollar Tree has completed its $8.5 billion acquisition of rival discount chain Family Dollar after a year-long struggle that drew in antitrust regulators and rival bids.

Starbucks: Prices for Some Drinks to Go Up by 5 to 20 Cents

NEW YORK (AP) – Starbucks is raising prices again starting Tuesday, with the increases ranging from 5 to 20 cents for most affected drinks, the company said.

Growth in US Services Firms Rises in June

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. service firms grew at a slightly faster pace in June, as business activity and new orders increased.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Piano-Playing Senator's Latest Tune: New Education Policy

WASHINGTON (AP) – How does a musician-senator fill the time during yet another partisan Senate stalemate?

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